KIPA Member

Find out here who is in KIPA's executive board, who is in charge of communication and education-related activities and also which members have been active in recent years. Furthermore, some of KIPA's alumni describe how KIPA has influenced their careers.

Becoming a member

All post-docs at KI are automatically members of the KI post doc association, there is no registration procedure.

However, you need to subscribe to the newsletter to keep updated on what is going on. Simply send an email to start receiving our news!

If you want to participate in our meetings and contribute to the association please send us an email and we will send you all the information about our future meetings and how to join the executive board. We are always looking for proactive and talented people!

Executive board and secretariat

KIPA's board and secretariat. for 2021 consists of the following members:

KIPA board and secretariat 2021
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An introduction on KIPA's board members:

Laura M. Palma Medina (CIM)


Laura: ''I’m a postdoc doing research in host-pathogen interactions in bacterial infectious diseases, but I also have a great interest on how policy impacts the way research is conducted and the careers paths of young researchers. I have been a volunteer for KIPA since Autumn 2019, and this year I have the great opportunity of being its chair. My work focuses on being the spokesperson of KIPA representing it on a national and international level. I also coordinate the KIPA projects with other stakeholders and contribute to advocacy efforts.''

Donald Cameron (CMB)

Vice Chair for Community Building

Donald: “I’ve been a postdoc at KI for three years and involved with KIPA for the last year and a half. As Vice Chair of Community Building, I coordinate events with our working group members to provide a space for other postdocs to meet and support each other. When we foster a strong postdoc community, it makes it much easier to inform each person about the advocacy work and the career development opportunities organized by the other KIPA committees. But importantly, it is also essential that we can blow off some steam at the end of the day.”

Sampath Narayanan (MMK)

Vice Chair for Advocacy and Representation

Sampath: ‘’I have been a postdoc at the department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery since January 2020 and have been part of KIPA for almost the same amount of time. I had been an integral part of the Professional Development and Advocacy work groups organizing various career events and preparing surveys about postdoc welfare. As the vice-chair of the advocacy and representation work group, I coordinate with various stakeholders for postdoc advocacy and promote networking among postdoc associations within and outside of Sweden.’’

Katharina Klöditz (FyFa)

Professional Development

Katharina: ‘’I moved to Stockholm/ KI almost 8 years ago and am currently working as a postdoc at FyFa studying liver function in various disease settings. After being active in different KIPA WGs, I am now the VC of KIPA leading the professional development working group. Together with a fantastic and highly motivated team the career WG provides postdocs with all the necessary support and information to prepare for the next career step - both inside and outside of academia. Moreover, we are organizing a grant writing workshop and a leadership course.’’

Ana Maria Portugal (KBH)

Inclusion and Diversity Officer

Ana: I’m a postdoc at KBH since March 2020. Moving to a new country and lab right at the start of a global pandemic made me realize how important is to have a supportive and safe network that enables all of us to keep doing the best science possible. As the first Inclusion and Diversity Officer at KIPA my primary aim is to celebrate and promote diversity and inclusion within KIPA activities in the hope to create a sustainable role within the board.''

Su Wang (MBB)

Social Media Coordinator

Su: ‘’I started my postdoc at KI since 2019, and actively participated in KIPA since 2020. My role as the communication coordinator focuses on supporting the team with various means of communication, publicize our events on social media platforms. I’m quite delighted to be a part of the team, where we strive to connect and to benefit this community.’’

Marcel Tarbier (MTC)

Program & Course Committee Representative

Marcel: ”I am a postdoc at the Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology and the Science for Life Laboratory. I am currently representing KIPA in KI's Course and Programme Committee. My goal is to make sure that postdocs get opportunities for further professional development and can access courses relevant to their needs and interests. In addition I help Su with maintaining the KIPA website.”

Laura Romero Castillo (MBB)


Laura: “I’m a postdoc at the Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics (MBB) department and I joined KIPA in 2019. I’m happy to be the secretary this year. I’m responsible for taking notes and the minutes of every KIPA meeting as well as providing organizational support to the Vice-Chairs”.

Heather Iriye  (Neuro)


Heather: ‘’I have been a post doc in the Neuroscience Department since March 2019 and joined KIPA last fall. This year, I am happy to be KIPA's treasurer to ensure our organization remains financially responsible.’’

KIPA alumni experience

Tanja Bhuiyan, previously postdoc at KI and former active member in KIPA; currently, Postdoctoral Scientist in Germany:

“The postdoctoral period is a time during which we can shape our careers, create networks, and choose a direction to take afterwards. What has really motivated me to join KIPA, however, was the prospect to improve the poor working conditions of many postdocs at KI. In my opinion, developing a career is easier when employment conditions are less precarious. At KIPA, I have met like-minded postdocs who really want to make a difference. It was very rewarding to see that my contributions at KIPA have also improved postdoc life, e.g. by co-organizing career development events or by advocating postdoctoral interests.”

Ben Libberton, previously postdoc at KI and former active member in KIPA; currently, Science Communicator:

“KIPA really helped me to develop transferable skills and realise the skills that I already had which could be applied outside of academia. Through interacting with other members and attending events I discovered a whole world beyond the postdoc, both inside and outside of academia that I'd never seen before. It was such a pleasure to meet people from different scientific disciplines who were driven and motivated and it always inspired me to think and to do things differently.”

Katy Lloyd, previously postdoc at KI and former active member in KIPA; currently, Exploratory Research Scientist in a company:

“I really enjoyed my time with KIPA. It was not only a chance to meet with a group of like-minded people, but also gave me the opportunity to contribute to the postdoc society. I joined in efforts to document and report on the conditions facing postdocs across Europe, as part of the European Network of Postdoctoral Associations (ENPA). Although this work is still continuing, it felt great being part of something bigger than myself, which will hopefully help shape the environment for postdocs for years to come. I got to improve on my time management, communication and writing skills, and it has given me the confidence to apply for a staff representative role in my new position.”

Anil Sharma, previously, postdoc at KI and former active member in KIPA; currently, Data Scientist in a company:

“I had been active in the PhD student organisation at my old university, so I knew how important such organisations can be - both professionally and socially. So when I came to KI for my postdoc, I was glad to be welcomed by the relatively newly formed KIPA. I made some good friends and was able to help investigate and highlight the poor housing situation for postdocs at KI. KIPA also helped me tremendously by organising professional development activities, which in no small part helped me transition from academia to a fantastic job in industry.”

Jenny Svärd, previously, postdoc at KI and former KIPA chairperson; currently, Consultant:

“Becoming involved in KIPA was a very positive experience in many ways. Being the chair of KIPA gave me the opportunity to understand more the structure and processes at KI, and I expanded my professional network when interacting both with individuals internally at KI and externally. I also developed my problem solving skills. Furthermore, it was of course very rewarding to work with extremely talented fellow postdocs and make progress in postdoc-related issues!“

Eleni Kopsida, previously, postdoc at KI and former KIPA secretary; currently Analyst in a consulting firm:

"I regard my involvement with the KI Postdoc Association as one of the most useful and fulfilling experiences in my academic career. By being actively involved I got the chance to meet and work with like-minded people towards improving the postdoc experience at KI, both in terms of working conditions as well as in terms of career and networking opportunities. Furthermore, I learned a lot about the structure of KI and I had the chance to expand my transferable skills, including organisational and problem-solving skills.”

Active volunteers

Enlisted are all KIPA members that have been active in the year 2021:

Edit Szodorai, Monika Plescher, Laura Romero Castillo, Rafael Ceña Diez, Sonia Youhanna, Natassia Robinson, Marta Baroncelli, Marina Garcia, Alessondra Speidel, Katarina Tiklova, Raquel Vaz, Suzanne Ruhe-van der Werff, Marit Melssen, Xiaofei Li, Ana Maria Vaz Portugal Da Silva, Afrouz Abbaspour, Marcel Tarbier, Sonia Youhanna, Ana Maria Vaz Portugal Da Silva, Genís Valentin Gesé, Heather Iriye, Hrishikesh Das, Marcel Tarbier, Victoria Vassen, Max Hauser, Katharina Klöditz, Laura Crucianelli, Jeroen de Bont

Former active members

Sally Abdelmoaty (former secretary), Imran Ali, Hasna Baloui, Loretxu Bergouignan, Alessandro Bosco (former vice-chair), Madeleen Bosma (former vice-chair), Tanja Bhuiyan (former Swedish Postdoc Association Network coordinator), Lorenza Capantini, Christopher Cederroth, Franziska Curdt, Hiske van Duinen (former chair), Enric Domenech-Estevez, Daniel Ferreira, Benjamin Garzon, Dominika Hrossova, Nina Jensen, Anna-Maria Katsouri (former secretary), Guruswamy Karnam, Pedram Kharaziha, Narsis Kiani, Eleni Kopsida (former chair and former secretary), Kyriaki Liadaki, Mónica Pérez Manso, Shiva Mansouri, Anna Mourskaia (former professional relations and communication executive), Marjon Navis, Sushrusha Nayak, Ananta Paine, Ljubica Perisic, Erik Pettersson, Catherine Preston (former treasurer), Milica Putnik, Kathryn Rees, Kathrin Reiser, Shanie Saghafian-Hedengren, Nadine Schweizer, Michelle De Silva Riberio, Shireen Sindi, Giada Spigolon, Daniela Strodthoff, Jenny Svärd (former chair and former secretary), Ali Mustafa Tabish, Siew Kian Tai, Saskia Thomas and Janne Turunen.